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"Christmas Flirtation", Thomas Nast Harper's Weekly Engraving, 19th Century
By Thomas Nast
Located in Alamo, CA
"Christmas Flirtation" is a double page woodcut engraving by Thomas Nast which appeared in the December 23, 1882 Christmas supplement of Harper's Weekly. It depicts a woman standing ...
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Mid-19th Century Other Art Style Interior Prints

Materials

Engraving, Woodcut

Here We Are Again by Thomas Nast 1878 Harpers Weekly centerfold
By Thomas Nast
Located in Paonia, CO
Here we go again is an original hand colored wood engraving from a January 1878 Harpers Weekly. Here we see Thomas Nast's ever enduring interpretation of Santa Clause modeled f...
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1870s Figurative Prints

Materials

Woodcut

"Christmas 1863", Thomas Nast's Civil War Harper's Weekly Woodcut Engraving
By Thomas Nast
Located in Alamo, CA
This double page woodcut engraving, "Christmas 1863", is meant to be a follow-up to Thomas Nast's 1st Christmas themed illustration "Christmas Eve" 1862, published in Harper's Weekly...
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Mid-19th Century Other Art Style Interior Prints

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Engraving, Woodcut

Ciivil War "Christmas Eve" 1862, Thomas Nast Harper's Weekly Woodcut Engraving
By Thomas Nast
Located in Alamo, CA
This original 1863 Thomas Nast double page woodcut engraving entitled "Christmas Eve" depicts a touching and dramatic scene of a husband and wife separated on Christmas Eve 1862 by t...
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Mid-19th Century Other Art Style Interior Prints

Materials

Engraving, Woodcut

"Christmas Fancies", Thomas Nast Harper's Weekly Engraving, 19th Century
By Thomas Nast
Located in Alamo, CA
"Christmas Fancies - Don't You Wish You Wore Stockings?" is a double page woodcut engraving created by Thomas Nast. It was published in Harper's Weekly's Christmas issue on December ...
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Mid-19th Century Other Art Style Interior Prints

Materials

Engraving, Woodcut

Christmas 1873, "The Same Old Story", Thomas Nast Harper's Weekly Engraving
By Thomas Nast
Located in Alamo, CA
Thomas Nast's Christmas illustration “The Same Old Story Over Again” was published in Harper’s Weekly on January 4, 1873. The illustration shows two sleeping children, likely his own...
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Mid-19th Century Interior Prints

Materials

Engraving, Woodcut

A Pair of Civil War Christmas Thomas Nast Harper's Weekly Woodcut Engravings
By Thomas Nast
Located in Alamo, CA
This pair of original 1863 Thomas Nast double page woodcut engravings entitled "Christmas Eve" and "Christmas 1863" are two of Nast's most famous Christmas illustrations. "Christma...
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Mid-19th Century Other Art Style Interior Prints

Materials

Engraving, Woodcut

He Wants a Change Too, from "Harper's Weekly"
By Thomas Nast
Located in Paonia, CO
Thomas Nast ( 1846 - 1902) Title: He Wants a Change Too original wood engraving (double sheet ) Harpers Weekly 1876 paper size 22.00 x 15.50 condition good This original wood engra...
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1870s Figurative Prints

Materials

Woodcut

Finding the Right Prints and Multiples for You

Decorating with fine-art prints — whether they’re figurative prints, abstract prints or another variety — has always been a practical way of bringing a space to life as well as bringing works by an artist you love into your home.

Pursued in the 1960s and ’70s, largely by Pop artists drawn to its associations with mass production, advertising, packaging and seriality, as well as those challenging the primacy of the Abstract Expressionist brushstroke, printmaking was embraced in the 1980s by painters and conceptual artists ranging from David Salle and Elizabeth Murray to Adrian Piper and Sherrie Levine.

Printmaking is the transfer of an image from one surface to another. An artist takes a material like stone, metal, wood or wax, carves, incises, draws or otherwise marks it with an image, inks or paints it and then transfers the image to a piece of paper or other material.

Fine-art prints are frequently confused with their more commercial counterparts. After all, our closest connection to the printed image is through mass-produced newspapers, magazines and books, and many people don’t realize that even though prints are editions, they start with an original image created by an artist with the intent of reproducing it in a small batch. Fine-art prints are created in strictly limited editions — 20 or 30 or maybe 50 — and are always based on an image created specifically to be made into an edition.

Many people think of revered Dutch artist Rembrandt as a painter but may not know that he was a printmaker as well. His prints have been preserved in time along with the work of other celebrated printmakers such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol. These fine-art prints are still highly sought after by collectors.

“It’s another tool in the artist’s toolbox, just like painting or sculpture or anything else that an artist uses in the service of mark making or expressing him- or herself,” says International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) vice president Betsy Senior, of New York’s Betsy Senior Fine Art, Inc.

Because artist’s editions tend to be more affordable and available than his or her unique works, they’re more accessible and can be a great opportunity to bring a variety of colors, textures and shapes into a space.

For tight corners, select small fine-art prints as opposed to the oversized bold piece you’ll hang as a focal point in the dining area. But be careful not to choose something that is too big for your space. And feel free to lean into it if need be — not every work needs picture-hanging hooks. Leaning a larger fine-art print against the wall behind a bookcase can add a stylish installation-type dynamic to your living room. (Read more about how to arrange wall art here.)

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